vonHoldt Lab

Evolutionary Genomics and Ecological Epignomics

Canine genetics in the news!


ConGen2015 : Recent Advances in Conservation Genetics, Jan 12-22, 2015 in Rincon, Puerto Rico! The American Genetic Association together with the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez is presenting a 10-day intensive course in methods, interpretation, and applications of molecular genetic and genomic analyses for conservation of endangered species. Applicants should be conservation-minded scientists (advanced graduate students, post- docs, teachers, and researchers with advanced degrees) from academia, government, NGOs, or industry who are studying the genetics of endangered species and who will apply the knowledge gained from this course to the conservation of such species. The cost per participant will be $2350 and will include your accommodation, all meals and travel from and to the airport. Partial or full scholarships may be awarded to registered students.


SMBE2014: June 8-12th, 2014 in San Juan, Puerto Rico! The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution is an international organization whose goals are to provide facilities for association and communication among molecular evolutionists and to further the goals of molecular evolution, as well as its practitioners and teachers. In order to accomplish these goals, the Society publishes two peer-reviewed journals, Molecular Biology and Evolution and Genome Biology and Evolution. The Society sponsors an annual meeting, as well as smaller satellite meetings or workshop on important, focused, and timely topics. It also confers honors and awards to students and researchers.


How a contagious dog tumour went global : "Sexually transmitted canine cancer has acquired almost 2 million mutations and is still going strong." This is a great study that uses genome sequencing of tumors to explore their evolutionary history, time since divergence from the host genome, and extrapolating information on the original founder canine.


"And Man Created Dog"
National Geographic Special


"New Findings Puts Origins of Dogs in Middle East"
The New York Times


V Morell (2008) Wolves at the door of a more dangerous world. Science 319(5865), 890-892 [abstract]
Science Magazine News Focus




Cover Photography


B vonHoldt, J Pollinger, D Earl, et al. (2011) Genome Res 21, 1294-1305


B vonHoldt, D Stahler, J Pollinger, et al. (2010) Mol Ecol 19, 4412-4427


T Anderson, B vonHoldt, S Candille, et al. (2009) Science 323(5919), 1339-1343